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LEABURG: Plans to build a world-class facility to honor the McKenzie River got a big boost this month, thanks to the award of a $25,000 gift.
To date, the Friends of the Old McKenzie Fish Hatchery has acquired over $1.2 million in cash and physical assets for the “McKenzie River Discovery Park” project at Leaburg Lake. The MRDP Interpretive Center has been planned to offer education and experiential learning, featur-ing themed areas - including movie theaters, trails, cultural exhibits, riverboat displays, and a gallery for rotating exhibits - along with an overhead aquarium and the Tamolitch interactive lab. Each feature was planned as part of a comprehensive learning experience for the 35,000 to 50,000 visitors expected to visit the center annually.

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By Finn J.D. John

On November 11, 1887, a 28-year-old convicted murderer named Richard Marple stood on the scaffold in the town of Lafayette and shouted his defiance at the crowd below.

“Murder!” he yelled, as the black hood was fitted over his head. “May God judge you all!”

Marple had maintained his innocence until the bitter end. But his alibi story had changed several times, and he’d further damaged his credibility severely by claiming that the real killer of storekeeper David Corker twelve months before was the Yamhill County Sheriff, Thomas J. Harris, leading a conspiratorial cabal of prominent members of the local Masons Lodge.

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Gardening Tips

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By Kym Pokorny
Wisteria delivers a beautiful spring display, but this vigorous vine needs plenty of pruning to keep it from swallowing the garden.
“Wisteria are very vigorous vines and can climb easily to 30 to 40 feet,” said Neil Bell, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “They can be quite heavy and should be grown on a strong structure.”
When people see the jaw-dropping blooms erupt in mid-spring, they covet wisteria for their own garden. But, they should first know that in addition to the proper support, the vine needs vigorous pruning.

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